ATHENS, Ga. — Tennessee senior linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin did not dress for the Vols’ game against Georgia and could be out an extended amount of time, according to a team source.
Reeves-Maybin, a team captain who led Tennessee in tackles last season, suffered a torn labrum in spring drills and suffered a shoulder strain in the Vols’ 28-19 win over Ohio on Sept. 17.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones said Monday he expected Reeves-Maybin to play against the Bulldogs. But on Wednesday night, the Vols head coach updated Reeves-Maybin’s status to include a pending MRI that would determine his immediate football future.
Reeves-Maybin is one of three Tennessee All-SEC candidates who has been sidelined by injury this season.
The No. 11-ranked Vols (4-0, 1-0 SEC) are still without middle linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr., who suffered a high ankle sprain in Tennessee’s 45-24 win over Virginia Tech on Sept. 10 in the Battle at Bristol.
Kirkland Jr. could return for next Saturday’s game at Texas A&M.
All-SEC cornerback Cameron Sutton will be sidelined for several weeks with the fractured ankle he suffered in Tennessee’s victory over Ohio.
The Vols also announced on Saturday that junior cornerback Justin Martin has been suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Junior Colton Jumper will start in place of Kirkland at middle linebacker and is coming off an 8-tackle effort in the 38-28 win over Florida last Saturday.
Cortez McDowell, another junior, will start in place of Reeves-Maybin at weakside linebacker. McDowell has 21 tackles this season, including 2 for loss.
Senior Malik Foreman got the start at cornerback, but true freshman Baylen Buchanan is expected to get a large amount of work after his strong showing against Florida last week.